Stony Precedent

November 27, 2007

Emil Steiner, Columnist, Washington Post

Marijuana users may have trouble remembering the last time a court ordered police to give pot back to the people they confiscated it from, so perhaps they should write this one down.

According to reports, Colorado Chief District Judge James Hiatt found that Larimer County Drug Task Force had no right to remove 39 plants from the home of James and Lisa Masters, since they are "legitimate" caretakers who use the drugs to treat people.

The couple will be able to retrieve its growing paraphernalia later this week, but the fate of the plants is yet to be determined since police may have destroyed them.

If so, the Masters' lawyer said he will seek financial compensation for the crops, "which could be in excess of $100,000."

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